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21 Hours at Munich (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Sport | TV Movie 7 November 1976
A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered 11 Israeli athletes.

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Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber
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Anneliese Graes
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Noel Willman ...
Georg Marischka ...
Else Quecke ...
Michael Degen ...
Mohammed Khadif
Djamchid 'Jim' Soheili ...
Touny (as Djamchid Soheili)
Walter Kohut ...
Feldhaus
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Schreiber's Aide
Ernest Lenart ...
Ben Horin
Osman Ragheb ...
Prime Minister Sedki
James Hurley ...
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The infamous attack on Isreali athletes and coaches in the Olympic Village during the 1972 Munich Olympics is chronicled in this made-for-TV movie and supplemented with archive footage from the actual games. Members of the Palestinian Black September Movement kill two and hold nine others as hostages to exchange for hundreds of Arab prisoners in Isreali jails. The Isreali government adheres to its policy of not negotiating with terrorists, and German Holocaust guilt will not permit West German officials to allow the terrorists to leave the country with the hostages. Therefore, it falls to Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber to delay fulfilling the Palestinian demands through ongoing negotiation, but sooner or later he knows that tough decisions will have to be made. Written by duke1029

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The most violent episode in the history of terrorism.


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Twenty-One Hours at Munich  »

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Trivia

On the night they were taken hostage, the Isrealis had attended a local performance of "Fiddler on the Roof." See more »

Quotes

Issa: Your German guilt runs deep, hmmm?
Interior Minister Bruno Merk: You, sir, you don't know the meaning of guilt.
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Featured in Prefontaine (1997) See more »

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Osse Shalom
By Nurit Hirsch (as Nurit Hirsh)
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The terror olympics
5 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film does a good job of depicting the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. Unlike "Munich" which only spends a few minutes dramatizing the terror attacks & spends the rest of the film on Mossad actions tracking down the terrorists, this film shows the horror of the terror attack.

A much better film on the subject is the documentary "One Day in September" (1999) which won an Oscar for best documentary. The film does a good job of showing the ineptitude of German police forces & the intransigence of the IOC, which would not suspend the games for even one day while the terrorists murdered athletes & held others hostage.


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